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hiked 18th Novenmber, the sun has melted the ice so no need for crampons, just a little muddy in some spots. spectacular views all round. No water available on the trail and quite strenuous so bring lots!

Hiked to the lake today (mid-November) and lucked out with blue skies and milder temps just below zero. The snow starts lower down in patches with some accumulation after the half way mark. Micro spikes and poles very useful this time of year and bring layers for any weather.

The area between the first set of stairs and the summit is in poor condition creating difficulties on the descent. Avoid in icy conditions unless you have good micro spikes.

Did it last weekend with about 35% of the trail covered in snow. Nothing much to bother with until you get to about 1-2km before the peak where the steep incline beings. It was tough breaking through 2-3 feet of snow and required scrambling on all fours at some points just before the peak. But other than that, it was fine and the effort was worth the incredible views at the top. Took us about 7.5 hours round trip plus an hour at the top. Note that we are regular hikers. Carry layers, gloves, gators, waterproof shoes if you plan on spending an hour on the peak, if you don’t want your fingers and toes going numb with cold, and are hiking during the winter season.

Great hike. 2 hours 40 minutes round trip. Fairly easy except near the top when there’s snow on the ground. Gets a little slippery and would recommend something to put on your boots for grip.

Hiked Nov 4. Snow from about halfway. snowshoes not required yet, but spikes a bonus over the boulder fields. Beautiful once the clouds cleared.

Love this hike! We started the trail around 10:30 pm, so can't comment much on the views up. The trail is very easy to follow even by headlamp. It took 3 hours up with overnight packs. Mostly incline the entire way, but only the last km before the lake is technical, and a couple of rock fields. Look for marmots and pikas in the rocks! The lake and glacier is a gorgeous destination, but there are a few additional scrambles that are well worth the time if you like a challenge. Took 2.5 hours down and the heavy packs made going down more of a challenge than up. It's quite a popular trail, understandably so!

trail running
22 days ago

I've ran the trail today and it was really nice. We didn't encounter any wild life. On the summit it was really cold and windy. So much that I did not feel my fingers (didn't have gloves).

We ran majority of the trail except the steepest parts.

It was a great workout and it was great to go away from all the noise of the city. I really enjoyed it.

nature trips
27 days ago

What an awesome trail! It definitely should be rated as very difficult. We did the trail 22/October the weather was awesome and the view unforgettable! It is definitely worth it!
We started around 11:30am and arrived at 4pm on the peak. It was a bit to late so we had to go the last 6km back in the dark. But it was perfect!

hiking
27 days ago

Top section is steep and very slippery. If you are afraid of height, you might find this section very challenging at times - more so on your way back. Hiking poles help. I suggest an early start, it gets really busy in the afternoons.

Hiked it twice. First time was on a rainy morning. Second time was on a hot sunny day. The second time around, with the heat and exposure, the hike felt so much harder. If hiking it in the summer, make sure to have plenty of water.

hiking
29 days ago

missed a turn to ridge trail and ended up doing the goat mountain instead. but I loved it. you can take for CAD 15 the gondola down. A must do option. Can someone edit hike description to mention this there

hiking
29 days ago

Have done this hike a couple of times over the summer - love it! Quite the workout near the very top and loose gravel makes it bit tricky coming down. The view is beautiful! Make sure to pack lots of water for you and your four legged friends!

What a beautiful day to hike Elk. first time and I will hike Elk again and can't wait to snowshoes Elk.

1 month ago

We Hike the Ridge in July and was a bit cloudy but worth every km of it. A very beautiful place. A must do.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail Oct.20th. Elk View road was closed leading to the trailhead. Not sure of when it will be re opened but we found a way to get there from the back roads. This hike was unreal!!! Amazing views highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Be aware of the park winter hours; 8am to 5:30m pm. Park gates are closed at 5:30pm and you'll be locked in if not out before then, so plan accordingly. We got to the trail head at 8:30am. Oct 13th. Some reviewers say this is a dull hike until reaching the top, but we found it beautiful. Gorgeous fall foliage and an abundance of interesting looking autumn fungi. At one point it seems you are hiking up a dry creek bed and the rocks in it would easily twist an ankle if you misplace a step. Be aware that there are numerous spots where the trail intersects other trails, best have a downloaded map to reference. Trail switches between wide gravel pathways to rocky, root filled forest and a few steeper inclines, but it's not all that difficult, just long. Once you reach the first pond it starts to look more alpine. The second tiny pond near the summit may not be there all year? Neither are the type you'd want to swim in or drink from. At the summit you get a super close view of Blanshard Needle, and great views of the valley below and mountain ranges to the northwest. There are plenty of nice spots on the alpine rocks to sit and have lunch while enjoying the vistas. We took our time going up, had lunch and explored the summit. Started back down at 2pm and made it to the car by 5pm.

Fabulous hike. The lake is amazingly beaut and rugged. Be sure to take the path to the glacier just past the end of the lake.

If I could give this a million stars I would. This hike is by far the most amazing thing I've done in my life. I did it a few years ago, and it's just astonishingly gorgeous. Literally takes your breath away. Be prepared to sweat and stink. Sooo worth it though.

Will definitely do this again some day.

Did this today. It’s a moderately hard hike. It took just under 4 hours including stops and going at a moderate pace. Beautiful views. This hike has signage most of the way. You can go around dam mountain and around little goat. Add time if you include these smaller peaks on the way. Chains for the final ascent are helpful it’s closer to 8km from the chalet and back. Not the 6km mentioned. The 13km is if you hike up the grouse grind or bcmc first.

This was a wonderful hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

On Sept 23, with a group of amateur hikers: #Climb4Karam, we hiked the trail, starting 4:30 am, we were done around 5 pm.
My first ever such a hike, it was a great life experience .
I personally did not make it all the way to the peak, about half an hour shy.. Icy conditions at the peak, fresh snow on the ground.
We were met by a bear.
Excellent experience ..

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best due to ease and convenience of location, grade, and rewarding view.

Sweet short hike with beautiful waterfall at the end. Would definitely recommend it for families or as a short stop when you drive by.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday, it’s late September so we arrived parking lot in complete dark. But it’s one of the best scenes ever seen since I start to hike. The first 6.5 km is long and painful especially in the night time. Personally recommend for hiking in longer daytimes if you are planing to do it in one day. In the peak it’s pretty windy, bring lots of food and water and finish lunch before heading to the last 3 km.

Stunning view of the valley! Love the hike up; however, your knees pay on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike! Definitely not an easy hike. Did with a friend as an overnight camp, so had our packs which added a little difficulty. Took us 3.25hrs up and 2.75hrs down. Was the 2nd week of September and the lake was clouded in and it snowed, temp was hovering around 0 degrees so layers were helpful s when you stopped it got cold quick.

Hike itself is a near constant uphill at most points and a steady pace ensures no burn out (i.e. don't rush it at the easy points as the steeper points will take more out of you.) Take your time on the last 500m or so as it is an open, steep climb along large rocks and slippery gravel.

hiking
2 months ago

Going down to the falls is a bit tricky, good thing there was a recording by one of the member! THANK YOU Kay! Saved us from getting lost lol! Dipped my feet in the waters and it was freezing cold. But 2 men skinny dip! Lol absolutely gorgeous view at the bottom of the falls

hiking
2 months ago

Sept.2,2018. Started hike around 11am. Arrived back in parking lot around 9pm. Took us about 6hrs before we got up at the ridge but the view is soooo rewarding! Bring lots of food and water. Trail isn’t hard, it is well maintained but it is a long hike.

hiking
2 months ago

It was an amazing day hike

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